Thursday, January 5, 2012

Illamasqua Baptiste and Essie Luxeffects A Cut Above..

Illamasqua?  Nope, don't know how to say it.  Here is a link to their blog stating it's pronounced Illa-mass-ka.  I still prefer saying it like Llama-sqaw. LOL.  Regardless, Baptiste is my first Illamasqua polish and it's lovely..

Illamasqua Baptiste:

Baptiste is such a rich reddish toned purple. I think it's probably one of the highest pigmented polishes I've used.  Above pictures are two coats of Baptiste.  It applies so smoothly and has a slight pinkish shimmer when you catch it in direct light.  In lower lighting Baptiste looks much darker.  I like it.  I don't love it like most others, but I'm a sucker for purples, so this one is ok with me.

I have a few of Essie's Luxeffects and I thought A Cut Above would be the perfect glitter to add atop Baptiste:
A Cut Above over Baptiste

A Cut Above over Baptiste

A Cut Above over Baptiste
Pink and Purple= two of my faves!  A Cut Above is full of pink glitter--small round, small hex, and medium hex in a clear base.  I know this one is supposed to be a dupe of something (can't remember what), but I don't have anything like it, so I'm glad I picked this bottle up!  It was so easy just to sponge a bit of A Cut Above over Baptiste and then add a coat of Out The Door.  It's pretty and girly. :)  I've been "in to" layering lately, so this mani was fun :)

Have a good night!! :)


  1. New reader here! I think Baptiste looks amazing on you, and I love the way that Essie looks layered over it. :)

  2. I love it!!! those colors look amazing together and I am a huge fan of glitter sponged tips!

  3. I just love illamasqua polish! I have this color and it is stunning!

  4. I really love this one! The pink glitter tips on the purple polish is a great combo!


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